2008 Lexus IS 250 User Reviews
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- $16,710 - $18,187
- Great Looks! Good fuel economy, luxury interior.
- Rear seat small for adults.
Great car overal. Fun to drive. I've had a 3 series and a G35, and the Lexus is much more luxurious inside. Great handling, enough power.
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- Good acceleration, perfect integration of navi, bluetooth, backup camera, mp3 & radio
- Driver seat does not support my back well. My back hurts as a result
Since last year (2007) I had been telling myself that I must insist on getting a navi if I'd ever buy a new car. I finally decided to buy a brand new IS 250 a few days ago (Aug 08). It was not easy to find a pearl white IS250 with a navi. Most don't have navi. But I found one and paid invoice price hoorayyyy! It's definitely worth the extra 2 grands for the navi. Why? Because it is not just a simple gps unit, but rather it is a fully integrated entertainment system, which includes bluetooth (caller ID & phone book shows on the same large screen), backup camera, mp3, Sirius, radio (with song titles & artists), climate control, & map. Acceleration is responsive (don't be afraid to step hard on the accel pad). Ride is comfortable & quiet. Corner turn is smooth. What I really don't like is that the seat does not support my back well (yes, I tried many different settings). My Rav4's seat works better with my back. This may just be unique to my back. If you have the same problem, please share your experience. This really bothers me and I become somewhat concerned for the long term. As a result I gave it a 4 star. I wish there was a front popout cupholder (BMW has popout cupholders from the dashboard). One of the 2 front cup holders is in the console box, making it inconvenient to access the console box and making the box smaller than it should be. Like many have said, there is very little leg room in the back seats. Seats don't fold down for trunk access. I don't think Acura TSX has any of these problems. Other than these, I like everything else. It is an intelligent car....read morehide
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- stylish, fuel economy, comfort, quiet ride
- rear seat room, visibility
I bought my IS 250 about 2 months ago and I love it! It's such a nice car inside and out. I took this car on a road trip and at one point was getting an average of 38 mpg. It's amazing! Also, the ride is very quiet. My dad owns an Infiniti M and we both agree the Lexus is quieter on the freeway.
The only complaints I have so far is the lack of visibility at times, and the lack of rear seat room. Other than that, it's a great car! Highly recommended!...read morehide
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- The appearance, performance, leather, and no needing to start the car with a key. Also CHEAP.
- Nothing but the power. Wished it had 280 hp or more.
This car is powerful enough to beat many muscle cars, by the top speed (140 mph). All ratings are EXCELLENT.
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- No trim specified for this review
- Beautiful and comfortable car! Great gas mileage,quiet ride.
Awesome car! Good quality,great style. Glad I bought this car. I get comliments all the time.
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- great gas mileage, very reactive handling, easy access to all controls, air conditioned/heated seats
- Ride is a little rough,
We spent months going between the G35 and he IS 250, I have to say I LOVE my Lexus and have NO doubt that we made the right decision. This car is a dream to drive. You may want to note that the hood of the car is aluminum and will chip very easy. I am sold on Lexus!!!
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- I just drove to Yosemite from San Diego, 350 mi each way, 32 mpg going and 35 mpg coming
- Excessive brake dust on front wheels
2008, IS250 w/18" wheels, no nav. By far the best car I've ever owned! I just got rid of my Mercedes C230 Kompressor (garbage car) and purchased this wonderful automobile.
For $32,000 you will not find a better vehicle!
Buy this car!
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- Great drive, great sound system, good on gas, great looks
Just bought this car after comparing to BMW 3 series, Mercedes c class, and infinity g35 and this is by far the best car for the value. Like other reviewers said, this car comes with lots of add ons on its base package, however I upgraded to the leather with moonroof package. I agree the NAV system isn't the greatest, however I didn't get that package so I'm ok. It's a very smooth drive and it has a very sporty feel when driving with the shift paddles. As for the people complaining about room in the back seat, I don't know about you but I didn't buy this car to be a family car. I'm content with the front seats being very comfortable and the heating and cooling of the front seats is amazing....read morehide
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- Better than average fuel, very luxurious interior, SmartKey system, classy design, quiet ride.
- Choppy riding over road imperfections, pickup a bit slow, car sits low to ground.
We compared between the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-class, however in the end it was Lexus that came out on top due to reliability and typical "Lexus Luxury". Main expectations were ride smoothness and quietness and the IS250 delivers this and more. Everything about the car is very classy in design, the exterior is head-turning but yet sophisticated, it's nothing trite (imo such as BMW's rather bland exterior) or overt (C-class try-too-hard bling factor). The ride can get a bit harsh over imperfect roads but this is expected since this is a sports car. The IS250 is very good on gas mileage and powerful for such a small engine. The interior is very luxurious with soft leather, good steering wheel gripping, and other small things such as the instrument panel, map lights, and fade in/out lights. It is also very quiet and seems like the car is not even on. The stock sterero system makes you feel like you're listening to live music. The technology for this car is also ingenious with the SmartKey access where one can unlock the doors just by holding the door handle, and starting the push button ignition. As for safety, the car grips the road very well, hard-cornering is a breeze, feels like you're driving a tank. The doors are heavy when opening/closing which gives a great feel of security and doesn't feel like cheap tin. Long list of standard features as well. C-class has sub-par standard features and BMW nickel & dimes you to death for extras.
Some cons for the IS250 is the pickup speed from stop lights are a bit slow but seems to be improving along break-in, and the IS also sits low to the ground which is prone to scraping under the front bumper when parking with cement stoppers.
If you want to enjoy your luxury car for years, go with the Japanese reliability Lexus. Overall the Lexus IS250 is a very superb luxury car for the money spent and you get the most out of what you pay for...read morehide
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- good fuel economy, AMAZING design, turns lots of heads, fun to drive, makes you feel like a king
- premium fuel
the back seat isn't huge or anything, but I have no problem fitting in it and I am 6 feet 200 lbs. its interior and exterior design is amazing. the handling is great. it has good acceleration, no supercar but what's the point of a supercar unless you're on a planet with no speed limits? you feel like a king when you drive this car. the steptronic transmissoin or whatever each company decides to name it makes it so much more fun to drive. the paddle shifters are fun to use, but it can be tricky shifting from first to second while turning a corner, for example a right turn from a stop sign, as the shifters turn with the wheel. the only problem I have noticed is that when turning into a steep driveway I heard a creaking noise that came from the sunroof area, possibly because the inside cover was slid back and the sound wasn't insulated. overall, amazing car that is worth every cent if not more, and if you do not have one, go buy it....read morehide
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